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Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated Quartz from Brazil showing a fantastic example of thicker ribbon style rutile inclusion in quartz. One big bunch running diagonally across the coin with a few straggler rutile needles dancing around it. It catches the light and reflects very well. The quartz itself has a lot of inclusions and small planes within, and there is a small natural void near center where the rutile is completely exposed.

I had been looking at the small piece of rough for days wondering if cutting it in this way would work and I decided to go for it this week. I'm very happy with the result. It is not easy to condense one plane in a three dimensional stone down into a 3mm thick slice.

Generally our Rutilated Quartz coins are rated "Pocket Safe" but I would exercise caution pocket carrying this one due to the amount of rutile running down the center. If you do carry it outside of the case, avoid having anything else hard in your pocket.


Catalog #: QRBR005
Material Origin: Brazil
Coin Size: Approx. 32x3mm (1.25x0.11") without case
Opacity: Partially or fully translucent
Durability: Handle with care outside of case
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Catalog #: 

The catalog number is unique to each individual Lithicoin, and allows your coin to be accessed at any time by typing this number into the search field on our site.

Material Origin:

This is the location where a Lithicoin's material is sourced. We are as specific as possible in the main coin description when we know more about origin (sometimes we will know a specific mine location), but we try to at least note the country. Sometimes we may not know the origin of a particular piece of material, and these coins are marked as "Unknown."

Coin Size:

Standard size for Lithicoin stone specimens is approximately 32mm x 3mm (1.25"x0.11" or 1 3/4" x 1/8"). Size can vary by about .5mm (one half millimeter) due to being hand carved from a natural material.

Opacity:

Opacity refers to the translucency of a coin material when backlit. Materials that do not allow light to pass through are considered "Opaque." If light passes through a part or all of a Lithicoin, it is considered "Partially or fully translucent."

Durability:

Our durability ratings are designed to help you understand how a Lithicoin should be handled. We use the following ratings as suggestions, but please understand that we can make no guarantees about the actual durability of any natural material.

Pocket Safe: This Lithicoin is suitable for frequent handling or daily carry without the case. Try to minimize the number of additional hard objects carried in your pocket or bag (metal coins, etc.) to minimize the chance of breakage or scratches. Many stones are harder than the metals in our everyday lives, but we prefer a cautious approach.

Handle with care outside of case: This Lithicoin can be removed from the case and handled but should not be pocket carried. Exercise caution to avoid drops, and do not apply pressure or any twisting motions.

Fragile, case recommended: This Lithicoin has physical characteristics such as fragile crystal coverage, internal seams or planes, geode sections, or is a brittle material that can be easily scratched or broken. These coins should not be removed from their cases unless you intend to sit down and carefully enjoy them.

We can't predict every scenario a coin might encounter, and natural materials can be unpredictable. We do not provide any guarantee or warranty in the event of damage.